Joseph J “Jerry” Harris
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Joseph J “Jerry” Harris

HARRIS: Joseph J “Jerry” Harris, Ph.D. Born Feb. 1, 1926, in DuBois, Pennsylvania, Jerry died peacefully of COVID-19 on Dec. 17, 2020, eight weeks shy of his 95th birthday. Predeceased by parents Morris and Sarah Harris (née Wein), sister Miriam, sister Charlotte (David) Rudel, and his first wife, Betty Jean Tobias Harris. Jerry is survived by his wife of 29 years, Alayne C. Harris, and his three children: Milton (Alison Wohler) of Arizona; Eve (Abbe Don) of San Francisco; and Zachary of Jerusalem. He is also survived by stepdaughter Pam Cohen of Philadelphia. He is remembered with love by two grandchildren, Itai and Mika Harris, both of Israel, and by three nephews and two nieces, Neil (Dianne) Rudel of Duncansville, Pennsylvania; Mark (Gail) Rudel of Marietta, Georgia; Barry (Debbie) Rudel of Churchill; Miriam (Kevin) Quast of Penn Hills; and Karen (Fred) Reb of Paris. Numerous grand and great-grand nephews and nieces will fondly remember “Uncle Jerry.” A World War II veteran, Jerry served in General MacArthur’s headquarters in Manila and Tokyo. He returned to complete undergraduate studies at Penn State University and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He retired after a career as a clinical psychologist for the Veteran’s Administration at the VA Highland Drive hospital. Jerry loved fly fishing and could talk about history for hours. He was a lifelong learner and voracious reader. He was an early supporter of liberal causes like election reform and handgun control, and the conservation of Western Pennsylvania’s forests and streams was close to his heart. Private interment will be at a time to be determined in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania. An online memorial is planned for a date to be determined. Arrangements by D’Alessandro Funeral Home & Crematory Ltd., Lawrenceville. Contributions in Jerry’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice. www.dalessandroltd.com PJC

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